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Melissa Leo is a Actor American born on 14 september 1960 at New York City (USA)

Melissa Leo

Melissa Leo
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Birth name Melissa Chessington Leo
Nationality USA
Birth 14 september 1960 (58 years) at New York City (USA)
Awards Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Primetime Emmy Award

Melissa Chessington Leo (born September 14, 1960) is an American actress. After appearing on several television shows and films in the 1980s, her breakthrough role came in 1993 as Det. Sgt. Kay Howard on the television series Homicide: Life on the Street for the show's first five seasons (1993–97). She had also previously been a regular on the television shows All My Children and The Young Riders.

Leo received critical acclaim for her performance as Ray Eddy in the film Frozen River (2008), earning several nominations and awards, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. In 2010, Leo won several awards for her performance as Alice Eklund-Ward in the film The Fighter, including the Golden Globe, SAG, and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

In 1985 she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for her performance on All My Children. In 2013 she won the Emmy Award for her guest-role on the television series Louie. She recently starred in the 2015 ABC event series Wayward Pines as Nurse Pam.

Biography

Leo was born in Manhattan, New York City, and spent her early life on the Lower East Side. She is the daughter of Peggy (née Chessington), a California-born teacher, and Arnold Leo III, an editor at Grove Press, fisherman, and former spokesman for the East Hampton Baymen's Association. She has one brother, Erik Leo. Her parents divorced, and her mother moved them to Red Clover Commune, in Putney, Vermont. Her maternal grandparents were Frances (née Stone 1917-2008) and James Chessington, a colonel in the United States Air Force. Her paternal grandparents were Elinore (née Wellington 1914-2008) and Arnold Leo II. Her uncle was journalist Roger Leo (1947-2011), and her aunt is art historian Christine Leo Roussel. Leo began performing as a child with the Bread and Puppet Theater Company. She attended Bellow Falls High School in Vermont, and studied acting at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, and SUNY Purchase, but did not graduate, choosing to leave school and move to New York City to begin auditioning for acting jobs. Leo spent summers at her father's house in Springs, a section of East Hampton, N.Y. She now lives in Stone Ridge, New York. She has a son with actor and former boyfriend John Heard named John "Jack" Matthew Heard (born 1987) and years later adopted Adam (born 1984).

Best films

Oblivion (2013)
(Actress)
The Equalizer (2014)
(Actress)
Flight (2012)
(Actress)
The Big Short (2015)
(Actress)
Prisoners (2013)
(Actress)
The Fighter (2010)
(Actress)

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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Melissa Leo (60 films)

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Actress

The Equalizer 2
Directed by Antoine Fuqua
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Melissa Leo, Bill Pullman, Jonathan Scarfe, Sakina Jaffrey
Roles Susan Plummer
Rating66% 3.346743.346743.346743.346743.34674
Robert McCall, un agent des services secrets américains à la retraite, rachète ses actions passées en offrant ses services aux plus démunis et s'oppose à des criminels de toutes sortes.
Novitiate
Novitiate (2017)

Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Margaret Qualley, Dianna Agron, Morgan Saylor, Melissa Leo, Denis O'Hare, Liana Liberato
Roles la mère supérieure

Une jeune femme commence à remettre en question sa foi alors qu'elle est au noviciat afin de devenir nonne.
Snowden
Snowden (2016)
, 2h14
Directed by Oliver Stone
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Biography, Historical, Crime, Romance
Themes Films about computing, Sécurité informatique, Political films
Actors Shailene Woodley, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scott Eastwood, Nicolas Cage, Timothy Olyphant, Logan Marshall-Green
Roles Laura Poitras
Rating72% 3.6479053.6479053.6479053.6479053.647905
The true story follows Edward Snowden, an American computer professional who leaked classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) to The Guardian in June 2013.
All the Way, 2h12
Directed by Jay Roach
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical
Themes Politique, Political films, Films based on plays
Actors Bryan Cranston, Anthony Mackie, Melissa Leo, Bradley Whitford, Stephen Root, Frank Langella
Roles Lady Bird Johnson
Rating72% 3.645173.645173.645173.645173.64517
Après l'assassinat de John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson devient le 36e Président des États-Unis le 22 novembre 1963. Sa première année passée à la Maison-Blanche est mouvementée : la guerre du Viêt Nam, les accords sur les droits civils, la guerre contre la pauvreté, etc..
London Has Fallen, 1h39
Directed by Babak Najafi
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Spy films, Films about terrorism, Political films
Actors Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler, Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Melissa Leo
Roles Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan
Rating59% 2.9500252.9500252.9500252.9500252.950025
The story picks up in London, where the British Prime Minister has died under mysterious circumstances and his funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the Western world. What starts out as the most protected event on Earth turns into a deadly plot to kill the world's most powerful leaders and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The only hope of stopping it rests on the shoulders of the U.S. President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart), his formidable Secret Service lead agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), and a British MI6 agent (Charlotte Riley) who rightly trusts no one.
The Big Short, 2h10
Directed by Adam McKay
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities, Films about autism
Actors Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Melissa Leo, Karen Gillan
Roles Georgia Hale
Rating77% 3.8961853.8961853.8961853.8961853.896185
En 2005, à Wall Street, au milieu des grandes banques, des médias et du gouvernement aveugles, quatre outsiders découvrent la bulle immobilière et l'opacité de son financement. Par l'analyse et l'enquête sur le terrain ils rejettent l'idéologie et l'optimisme écrasants de leur milieu. Ils sont les seuls à se positionner dans le sens de la débâcle qui leur apparaît certaine.
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, 1h23
Directed by Phil Alden Robinson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Robin Williams, Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage, Melissa Leo, James Earl Jones, Richard Kind
Roles Bette Altmann
Rating56% 2.849622.849622.849622.849622.84962
Henry Altmann (Robin Williams) is stuck in Brooklyn traffic while on his way to a doctor's appointment. His car is suddenly struck by a taxi, which propels him into a rage which he unleashes upon the taxi driver. Henry goes to the Brooklyn hospital, where Dr. Sharon Gill (Mila Kunis) is covering for his usual doctor, with whom she is having an affair. After examining scans of his brain, Sharon informs Henry that he has a brain aneurysm and his outlook is bad. Henry erupts, throwing insults at Sharon and demanding that she tell him how long he has to live. She tries to dodge the question, but Henry is persistent. Panicking, Sharon tells him that he will die in ninety minutes. Henry leaves the hospital in a rage.
The Judge
The Judge (2014)
, 2h21
Directed by David Dobkin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Crime
Themes Films about families
Actors Robert Downey Jr., Vera Farmiga, Ian Nelson, Leighton Meester, Eric West, Ian Nelson
Rating73% 3.6992053.6992053.6992053.6992053.699205
Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.) is a successful defense attorney in Chicago who has been estranged from his family in a small town in Indiana for a couple of years. His brother Glen (Vincent D'Onofrio) calls with news that their mother has died. As he leaves to fly to his hometown of Carlinville, it is revealed that Hank is going through a divorce and custody battle for his young daughter.
The Equalizer, 2h12
Directed by Antoine Fuqua
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Gangster films
Actors Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz, Marton Csokas, Melissa Leo, Haley Bennett, Bill Pullman
Roles Susan Plummer
Rating71% 3.599973.599973.599973.599973.59997
Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) is a retired black ops operative who quietly lives in Boston, Massachusetts, works at a Home Mart hardware store, where he befriends many of his co-workers, and helps a security guard trainee named Ralphie pass his qualification exam. McCall promised his recently deceased wife that he would leave his old life behind. Unable to sleep, McCall spends some late nights reading in a 24/7 diner, where he befriends Alina (Chloë Grace Moretz), a teenaged prostitute for the Russian Mafia, who is regaled by Robert with his philosophical interpretations of the books he reads. One night she is hospitalized when brutally beaten by her pimp, Slavi (David Meunier). McCall enters a restaurant owned by the Russian mob and offers to buy Alina's freedom from Slavi for $9,800, but Slavi refuses, dismissing McCall as old and impotent. Failing in this approach, McCall kills Slavi and four of his men with skillful close combat efficiency.
A Single Shot, 1h50
Directed by David M. Rosenthal
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Jeffrey Wright, Ted Levine, Jason Isaacs, Kelly Reilly
Roles Florence
Rating58% 2.9004252.9004252.9004252.9004252.900425
Recently separated from his family, John Moon copes with poverty in West Virginia by hunting. While stalking a deer, he accidentally shoots a young woman. He then finds a box containing $100,000 in the abandoned van where she was hiding. During the following days, John receives anonymous threats from people who know that he has the money.
The Butler
The Butler (2013)
, 2h12
Directed by Lee Daniels
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Politique, Films about racism, Films about the labor movement, Political films, White House in fiction
Actors Alex Pettyfer, Forest Whitaker, John Cusack, Robin Williams, Lenny Kravitz, Alan Rickman
Roles First Lady Mamie Eisenhower
Rating72% 3.60173.60173.60173.60173.6017
In 2009, an elderly Cecil Gaines recounts his life story, while waiting at the White House to meet the newly inaugurated president.
Olympus Has Fallen, 1h59
Directed by Antoine Fuqua
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action
Themes Seafaring films, Politique, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Political films, United States Armed Forces in films, White House in fiction
Actors Aaron Eckhart, Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Cole Hauser
Roles Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan
Rating64% 3.24743.24743.24743.24743.2474
Former Special Forces soldier Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) is the lead U.S. Secret Service agent assigned to head the U.S. Presidential detail. Banning maintains a personal, friendly relationship with President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart), First Lady Margaret (Ashley Judd) and their son Connor (Finley Jacobsen). During a snowy Christmas evening drive from Camp David to a campaign fundraiser, the car transporting the First Family crashes; Banning saves Asher, but Margaret dies.
Charlie Countryman, 1h48
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Comedy thriller, Romantic comedy, Action, Romance
Actors Shia LaBeouf, Rupert Grint, Aubrey Plaza, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, Til Schweiger
Roles Kate
Rating64% 3.201373.201373.201373.201373.20137
Charlie Countryman (Shia LaBeouf) is a normal guy living in Chicago. When his mother, Kate (Melissa Leo), dies, he sees her as a spirit. When he asks her what do to with his life, she tells him to go to Bucharest for adventure. On the flight, he meets Victor (Ion Caramitru), an elderly man returning home from a Cubbies game, with a hat as a gift for his daughter. Victor dies sitting next to Charlie, who later sees him as a spirit asking him to deliver his gift to his daughter, which he accepts.
Oblivion
Oblivion (2013)
, 2h4
Directed by Joseph Kosinski
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Clonage, Post-apocalyptic films, Films about religion, Transport films, Aviation films, Films set in the future, Films about extraterrestrial life, Political films, Dystopian films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Alien invasions in films, Robot films, Disaster films
Actors Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Roles Sally
Rating69% 3.496233.496233.496233.496233.49623
In 2077, the Earth has been devastated by war with an extraterrestrial invader, the Scavengers (Scavs). Humanity is relocating to Saturn's moon Titan via the Tet, a large tetrahedron-shaped space station. Gigantic offshore fusion energy generators drain the oceans to produce power for the colonists on Titan.
Prisoners
Prisoners (2013)
, 2h33
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Films about suicide, Serial killer films, Auto-justice
Actors Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano, Maria Bello, Viola Davis
Roles Holly Jones
Rating80% 4.0494154.0494154.0494154.0494154.049415
Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) and his wife Grace (Maria Bello) attend a Thanksgiving dinner at the home of their friends, Franklin (Terrence Howard) and Nancy (Viola Davis) Birch. The children go for a walk in the neighborhood and approach a campervan that is parked outside a house nearby. There is music playing, which suggests there is somebody inside. After dinner, both families' younger daughters, Anna Dover and Joy Birch, go missing.